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pony had stepped on the middle finger of my right
hand and crushed it as flat as a duck's beak; It was
numb but bleeding profusely—and it Is still flat-
tened and scarred to-day.

Our fathers were chuckling among themselves
—at us—and when the women were all fixed and
we were ready to start, the chief said to us so that
all of the girls could hear him:

'Come, young braves5 and ride up In front with
the hunters; and we will show those women how
to bring down the buffalo!5

We were so excited at this invitation that we
forgot that we were on wild ponies, and when
we kicked them in the ribs they started bucking
again; but we stuck our mounts this time, and
soon we were riding along proudly with our
fathers.

We went north-east and struck the herd after
riding for about an hour. They were walking
fast when we first saw them, but when they saw us
coming they broke into a canter which they
quickly changed into a mad gallop. It was then
that our warriors lacked full speed into their
mounts and went racing after them, whooping
wildly to strike terror In the herd and make them
break into confusion.

^Therump, therump, therump*—the ground
fairly shook under the beat of our horses' pelting
hoofs. Our fathers gradually stretched them-